Senior students at NBS are eligible for a number of dance and academic awards. Academic awards are announced at the annual Graduation ceremony in June. Dance awards may be announced throughout the year as well as at the Graduation Ceremony.
Peter Dwyer Award
Five prizes are given annually to PBP students in honour of the memory of Peter Dwyer, a key force in founding and developing the Canada Council. While Peter Dwyer was a firm believer that all human beings deserve equal respect, he also was unafraid to challenge the notion that each individual is equal in their abilities and openly acknowledged and celebrated those most gifted in the arts.
The 2018 awards were given to Leo Hepler, Genevieve Penn Nabity and Charlie Skuy. Shared awards were given to Jason Chen and Mika Omori, and to Mariana Gasperin and Tamaho Yasooka.
The 2017 awards were given to Alexi Skinner, Hannah Galway, Siphe November, Ryan Tomash and Daina Zolty.
The Wallace F. McCain Award
Generously created by Larry and Judy Tanenbaum to honour the memory of their dear friend and leading NBS supporter Wallace F. McCain, this award makes it possible for the School to support an exceptional global talent in ballet; providing a youth of the highest achievement, ability and drive a place in the Professional Ballet Program regardless of their financial means. This award enables NBS to successfully attract the finest dance talent from around the world in an international competition populated by large, well-resourced institutions from Europe, Asia and the United States. Students offered this award may be at any stage of their training.
2017 Graduation Award Winners